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A Kitchen That Feeds 100,000 People Daily E-mail
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Free kitchen in India run at the Sikhs' holiest shrine, Golden Temple at Amritsar, produces 200,000 flat breads and 1.5 tons of lentil soup daily. Two hundred thousand Rotis - Chapattis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tons of Daal (lentil soup) and free food served to 100,000 people every single day are what makes the free kitchen run at the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar stand apart.

By all measures, the kitchen (called Langar in Punjabi ) is one of the largest free kitchens to be run anywhere in the world. The concept of langar was initiated centuries ago by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion. Sunday, November 17, 2013 was his 545th birth anniversary.

At the Langar, no one goes hungry - and everybody gets a hot meal regardless of caste, creed and religion. All Sikh Gurudwaras (places of worship) have Langar, but the one at Golden Temple - Sikhs' holiest shrine - has little parallel.

“Anyone can eat for free here and on an average we serve food to 100,000 people. On weekends and special occasions double the numbers of people visit the langar Hall. The langar never stops and on an average 7,000 kg of wheat flour, 1,200 kg of rice, 1,300 kg of lentils, 500 kg of ghee (clarified butter) is used in preparing the meal every day,” says Harpreet Singh, manager of this huge kitchen.

“The free kitchen uses firewood, LPG gas and electronic bread makers for the cooking and we use around 100 LPG cylinders and 5,000 kilograms of firewood every day,” he adds.

The kitchen is run by 450 staff, helped by hundreds of other volunteers. Sanjay Arora, 46, from New Delhi, comes to volunteer at the langar two days every month. “This is KAR-SEVA (do-service) for me. I feel happy after doing this service. It’s is not just free food, here you forget all the differences that separates humans from each other,” he says.

Volunteers also wash the 300,000 plates, spoons and bowls used in feeding the people. The food is vegetarian and the expenses are managed through donations from all over the world. The yearly budget of the langar runs into hundreds of millions. One has to see it to believe.

Women play an important role in the preparation of meals. Volunteers make stacks of Rotis that will be served at the free kitchen.

A Kitchen That Feeds 100,000 People Dailyt

The "langar" or free kitchen at Golden Temple in the Indian city of Amritsar is perhaps the world’s largest free eatery. The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 December 2013 )
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Absolutely Priceless Proverbs E-mail
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An Elementary School Teacher had twenty-six students in her class.

She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverbs and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you.While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 September 2013 )
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